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Kingston, NH

kingston New Hampshire Community Profile Community Contact Kingston Board of Selectmen
Susan H. Ayer, Administrative Assistnat
163 Main Street, PO Box 716
Kingston, NH 03848
Telephone (603) 642-3342
Fax (603) 642-4108
E-mail admin@kingstonnh.org
Web Site www.kingstonnh.org

Municipal Office Hours Town Clerk, Tax Collector: Monday, 8 am - 8 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, Friday, 8 am - 12 noon

County Rockingham
Labor Market Area Haverhill-Newburyport-Amesbury Town, MA-NH NECTA Division
Tourism Region Seacoast
Planning Commission Rockingham
Regional Development Regional Economic Development Corp.

Election Districts
US Congress District District 1
Executive Council District District 3
State Senate District District 23
State Representative Rockingham County Districts 13, 34

Incorporated: 1694
Origin: Kingston was the fifth town to be established in New Hampshire, and its charter was issued in 1694. The establishment of settlements was made possible by peace treaties with the Indians following the King's War, during the reign of William and Mary. This settlement, set off from Hampton, was chartered as Kingstown, so named in honor of the King of England. Use of the title instead of the King's name was common at the time. Kingston was home to Dr. Josiah Bartlett, president of the state from 1790 to 1794, delegate to the Continental Congress, first signer of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the New Hampshire Medical Society.
Villages and Place Names: South Kingston, West Kingston, Carriage Towne
Population, Year of the First Census Taken: 906 residents in 1790
Population Trends: Population change for Kingston was 4,661 over 58 years, from 1,672 in 1960 to 6,333 in 2018. The largest decennial percent change was a 72 percent increase between 1960 and 1970, followed by 43 and 35 percent increases, respectively over the next two decades. The 2018 Census estimate for Kingston was 6,333 residents, which ranked 55th among New Hampshire's incorporated cities and towns.
Population Density and Land Area, 2018 (US Census Bureau): 319.0 persons per square mile of land area. Kingston contains 19.9 square miles of land area and 1.2 square miles of inland water area.

Municipal Services
Type of Government Selectmen
Budget: Municipal Appropriations, 2018 $5,688,748
Budget: School Appropriations, 2017-2018 $13,439,946
Zoning Ordinance 1955/17
Master Plan 2013
Capitol Improvement Plan Yes
Industrial Plans Reviewed By Planning Board/Bldg Inspector
Boards and Commissions
Elected:Budget; Selectmen; Planning; Library; Checklist; Trust Funds; Zoning
Appointed:Conservation; Highway Safety; Historic District; Historical Museum; Kingston Days; Recreation; Heritage
Public Library Nichols Memorial

Emergency Services
Police Department Full-time
Fire Department Part-time
Emergency Medical Service Part-time
Nearest Hospital(s) Distance Staffed Beds
Exeter Hospital, Exeter 8 miles 99

Electric Supplier Unitil; NH Electric Coop
Natural Gas Supplier None
Water Supplier Private wells
Sanitation Private septic
Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant No
Solid Waste Disposal
Curbside Trash PickupMunicipal
Pay-As-You-Throw ProgramNo
Recycling ProgramVoluntary
Telephone Company Fairpoint
Cellular Telephone Access Yes
Cable Television Access Yes
Public Access Television Station Yes
High Speed Internet Service:

(NH Dept. of Revenue Administration) Property Taxes
2018 Total Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $25.78
2018 Equalization Ratio 81.5
2018 Full Value Tax Rate (per $1,000 of value) $21.12
2018 Percent of Local Assessed Value by Property Type
Residential Land and Buildings83.8%
Commercial Land and Buildings10.8%
Public Utilities, Current Use, and Other6.0%

(ACS 2014-2018) Housing
Total Housing Units 2,732
Single-Family Units, Detached or Attached 2,482
Units in Multiple-Family Structures:  
Two to Four Units in Structure 57
Five or More Units in Structure 123
Mobile Homes and Other Housing Units 70
(US Census Bureau) Population
(1-year Estimates/Decennial)
Total Population Community County
2018 6,333 309,176
2010 6,025 295,223
2000 5,905 278,748
1990 5,563 246,744
1980 4,111 190,345
1970 2,882 138,951
Demographics, American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018
Population by Gender
Male:   3,192 Female:   3,018
Population by Age Group
Under age 5 428
Age 5 to 19 724
Age 20 to 34 1,267
Age 35 to 54 1,891
Age 55 to 64 803
Age 65 and over 1,097
Median Age 45.9 years
Educational Attainment, population 25 years and over
High school graduate or higher 94.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher 35.3%

(ACS 2014-2018) Income, Inflation Adjusted $
Per capita income $43,961
Median family income $108,606
Median household income $97,745
Median Earnings, full-time, year-round workers, 16 years ad over
Male $64,936
Female $56,068
Individuals below the poverty level 6.3%

(NHES - ELMI) Labor Force
Annual Average 2008 2018
Civilian Labor Force 3,465 3,686
Employed 3,280 3,562
Unemployed 185 124
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 3.4%

(NHES - ELMI) Employment & Wages
Annual Average Covered Employment 2008 2018
Goods Producing Industries
Average Employment $112 $156
Average Weekly Wage $942 $1,022
Service Providing Industries
Average Employment $1,089 $1,195
Average Weekly Wage $564 $795
Total Private Industry
Average Employment $1,201 $1,351
Average Weekly Wage $599 $822
Government (Federal, State, and Local)
Average Employment $310 $323
Average Weekly Wage $750 $868
Total, Private plus Government
Average Employment $1,512 $1,674
Average Weekly Wage $630 $830

If "n" appears, data does not meet disclosure standards.

(NH Dept. of Education) Education and Child Care
Schools students attend: Grades K-12 are part of Sanborn Regional (Kingston, Newton) SAU 17
Career Technology Center(s): Seacoast School of Technology Region: 18
Educational Facilities (includes Charter Schools) Elementary Middle/Junior High High School Private/Parochial
Number of Schools 1 1
Grade Levels P K 1-5 9-12
Total Enrollment 342 670
2020 NH Licensed Child Care Facilities (Bureau of Child Care Licensing): Total Facilities: 2 Total Capacity: 113
Nearest Community/Technical College: Great Bay
Nearest Colleges or Universities: New England; University of NH; Northern Essex (MA)

Largest Businesses Product/Service Employees Established
Sanborn Regional School District Education 351 1966
Sears Logistics Warehouse, appliances 96 1992
Town of Kingston Municipal services 148 1694
1686 Kingston House Restaurant Restaurant 60 1686
Northland Forest Lumber 45 1970
TD Bank Banking services 12 1973
Safeway Transportation Co Inc Bus transportation services 140 1980
Landscapers Depot Landscaping center 50 1993

Employer Information Supplied by Municipality

(Distance estimated from city/town hall) Transportation
Road Access US Routes
State Routes 107, 107A, 111, 125
Nearest Interstate, Exit I-495 (MA), Exit 51
Distance 10 miles
Railroad Yes
Public Transportation No
Nearest Public Use Airport, General Aviation
Hampton AirfieldRunway2,100 ft. turf
Lighted? Yes Navigational Aids? No
Nearest Airport with Scheduled Service
Manchester-Boston Regional Distance 30 miles
Number of Passenger Airlines Serving Airport 4
Driving distance to selected cities:
Manchester, NH 29 miles
Portland, ME 75 miles
Boston, MA 46 miles
New York City, NY 248 miles
Montreal, Quebec 284 miles

(ACS 2014-2018) Commuting to Work
Workers 16 years and over
Drove alone, car/truck/van 89.9%
Carpooled, car/truck/van 2.7%
Public transportation 0.8%
Walked 0.4%
Other Means 6.1%
Worked at home 6.1%
Mean Travel Time to Work 34.2 minutes
Percent of Working Residents: (ACS 2014-2018)
Working in community of residence 19.9%
Commuting to another NH community 47.4%
Commuting out-of-state 32.7%
Recreation, Attractions, and Events
X Municipal Parks
Boys Club/Girls Club
X Golf Courses
Swimming: Indoor Facility
Swimming: Outdoor Facility
Tennis Courts: Indoor Facility
X Tennis Courts: Outdoor Facility
Ice Skating Rink: Indoor Facility
Bowling Facilities
X Museums
X Performing Arts Facilities
X Tourists Attractions
X Youth Organizations (i.e., Scouts, 4-H)
X Youth Sports: Baseball
X Youth Sports: Soccer
X Youth Sports: Football
X Youth Sports: Basketball
Youth Sports: Hockey
X Campgrounds
X Fishing/Hunting
X Boating/Marinas
X Snowmobile Trails
X Bicycle Trails
X Cross Country Skiing
X Beach or Waterfront Recreational Area
X Overnight or Day Camps
Nearest Ski Area(s): McIntyre
Other: Historical Buildings; Kingston State Beach; Kingston Days; Town Forests; Renaissance Fair; Craft Fairs; Farmers' Market

Economic & Labor Market Information Bureau, NH Employment Security, 2020. Community Response Received 7/31/18

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